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Research Project Coordinator / Evaluation Coordinator

Program Description: The IMPACT Program at Northwestern University conducts research on LGBT health and development (see It currently has multiple NIH- and foundation-funded studies and actively collaborates with community-based organizations to conduct research and translate findings into interventions. It is directed by Dr. Brian Mustanski and is based in the Department of Medical Social Sciences in the Feinberg School of Medicine. Extensive community ties have been a hallmark of the IMPACT Program since its inception, and it is now a resident partner with the Center on Halsted.

Project Description: The Evaluation Center includes researchers from IMPACT Program and the Center for Prevention Implementation Methodology (Ce-PIM) for Drug Abuse and Sexual Risk Behavior at NU, and from the AIDS Foundation of Chicago. The Evaluation Center will oversee the evaluation efforts of funded demonstration sites who are implementing locally developed, innovative interventions, or DEBIs, targeting HIV-positive or at-risk HIV-negative individuals in Chicago. This project represents the first time that the Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH) has funded a site to evaluate an array of HIV service and prevention projects in the city.

Job Activities:  This job involves the coordination of evaluation efforts with the Evaluation Center team, CDPH, and the funded agencies throughout the city. Primary activities include: interfacing with demonstration sites; assisting with the development and implementation of multi-site evaluation efforts; tracking performance of demonstration sites; maintaining accurate, timely, and detailed records of all evaluation efforts; coordinating periodic calls and meetings with demonstration sites; assisting with the preparation of dissemination products; and other project-related responsibilities.

The Research Project Coordinator will be required to travel to funded demonstration project sites throughout Chicago on a regular basis. In addition, the Research Project Coordinator will be required to spend a portion of their time at the AIDS Foundation of Chicago, a partner in this project. Hours of work may include occasional evening or weekend hours for trainings, meetings, and special events.

Specific Responsibilities:


  • Leads execution and control of a biomedical and/or social science project or research study.
  • Coordinates processing and analysis of data, conduct of experimental tests and procedures
  • Develops new and/or revised research methodologies.
  • Ensures completion of study activities per protocol including recruitment.
  • Ascertains pretreatment and eligibility requirements.
  • Obtains informed consent.
  • Registers participant with appropriate sponsor.
  • Interviews and obtains medical and social histories.
  • Collects data from medical records.
  • Administers, schedules and/or scores tests.


  • Oversees and manages collection, maintenance, analysis and evaluation of data that will be used in grant submissions, presentations and publications.
  • Ensures that information is entered correctly into databases.
  • Assists PI in reviewing, analyzing, interpreting, summarizing, formatting, editing, and preparing tables, charts, graphs, progress and final reports, etc.
  • Coordinates between sponsoring agencies, collaborating organizations and/or other research and/or educational institutions.
  • Ensures that all study documents associated with current local, state, and federal regulatory guidelines, requirements, laws and research protocols are completed in a timely manner.
  • Supervision:  Trains, directs, assigns duties to and supervises research staff, students, residents and/or fellows. Acts as a mentor in regard to education of junior coordinators.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • A bachelor’s degree in a social or health science + 3 years experience; or 5 years practical research study or related experience; or a master’s degree in a social or health science + 1 year experience, or the equivalent combination of education and experience from which comparable knowledge and abilities can be acquired.
  • Supervisory or project management experience required.
  • Must complete NU’s IRB CITI training before interacting with any participants and must re-certify every 3 years
  • Strong project coordination skills and the ability to prioritize tasks.
  • Demonstrated attention to detail and ability to adhere to instructions/procedures.
  • Good communication skills; demonstrated effective spoken and written communication, including willingness to ask questions when clarification or amplification is required.
  • Good time management skills; efficient and resourceful in problem-solving.
  • Demonstrated ability to take ownership of the work, possessing initiative, good follow-through; ability to work without supervision.
  • Ability to receive and benefit from feedback; willingness to expand skill set and improve.
  • Flexibility in adapting to new procedures and environments.
  • Ability to work in a team environment.
  • Knowledge of basic computer skills, familiarity with Windows environment.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience working in public health and/or medical research.
  • Experience working with community-based organizations.
  • Experience in project evaluation.
  • Experience working with HIV-infected and at-risk populations.
  • Ability to write scientifically for dissemination of findings.
  • Familiarity with data management software, including REDCap.
  • Knowledge of HIV.

As per Northwestern University policy, this position requires a criminal background check. Successful applicants will need to submit to a criminal background check prior to employment.

Northwestern University is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer of all protected classes including veterans and individuals with disabilities.

Please visit the Northwestern University Careers page to apply (Job ID: 24920)

Training Opportunities

Our Training page contains information about the clinical psychology internship track in LGBT health with the IMPACT Program, as well Northwestern University’s Health Sciences Integrated PhD Program.


Please visit our Internships page for a full listing of film, web, writing/blogging, and research assistant internship opportunities.

IMPACT Program Diversity Statement: Northwestern University and IMPACT’s commitment to diversity is critical to our mission of advancing access to excellence in academic programs, world-class research, and health programs. Engagement in discrimination or harassment against any person because of race, color, sex, religion, national origin, ancestry, age, marital status, military service, disability, sexual orientation, and gender identity or expression will not be tolerated.  Through its work, the IMPACT Program advances the health and wellbeing of LGBT individuals.  Staff and trainees should expect to find a diversity of sexual orientations and gender identities among IMPACT staff, trainees, research participants, and in outreach experiences.  We highlight the importance of respecting and valuing this aspect of diversity among staff and trainees.


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